So we just finished week 2 of the Blogging from A to Z challenge and I’m exhausted already. While I’m writing this post, which is an absolute fun post for me to write I have a voice in my head that’s going this way:

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And you know what I said to the voice: “Shut up and go get a life!” 😉

Anything Goes on Sunday

Friends with Benefits 

During the week, I came across two interesting blog hops, which I thought I’d share with you:

1. The Let’s Get Real Blog Hop is all about Healthy Living–  real food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from real people. This week it’s being hosted by the lovely Michelle Nahom of A Dish of Daily Life. Please make sure you read the post and follow the steps required before adding your link/s.

2. The Feature Friday Hop hosted by Marcia Shaw Wyatt of Blogitudes. I came across this thanks to my newest blog buddy via the A to Z Challenge, Cristina Trindad of Filling My Prayer Closet mentioning me on her Feature Friday post. Now Cristina is a real find and not because she mentioned me – but I love her bubbly personality!

A reminder about another regular blog hop – Today’s Gratitude List – by Laurel Regan of Alphabet Salad. While you’re there check out Laurel’s lovely posts for the A to Z – she’s tangling through the challenge.

And of course, there’s a fab (even if I say so myself) Wednesday prompt at Write Tribe.

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Recommended Reading

I would  like to mention the interesting journey through some special parts of Kerala that Meena Menon has taken us on this week. José and I absolutely love Kerala and recommend it as a holiday destination even though both of us trace our  roots to Goa.

Vidya Sury‘s ‘K’ post introduced us to an amazing Indian woman I had never heard of before: Kamala Sohonie.

Here are two posts about flowers as random acts of kindness – one from Carol Cassara and the other from Fran Sorin.

And if you’re a dog lover, you’ll really appreciate Carol Graham‘s dog stories – tails tales of all the dogs her family has had and their interesting personalities. Guilie Castillo Oriard‘s Life In Dogs too is worth following.

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Books I’ve read recently
I reviewed Kristan Higgins’ All I Ever Wanted on From 7Eight last week, and mentioned that she was fast becoming one of my favourite fun-read authors. I was lucky to get a copy of her latest Waiting On You (Hqn) via NetGalley and of course I had to read it immediately.

The outline: Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love… just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart… an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

My views: This is part of Kristan Higgins’ Blue Heron series and I’ve read most of them, but they’re good in isolation too. Waiting on You didn’t disappoint me – especially since Colleen is a really colourful character – the life of the pub – and seeing a softer side of her character was great too. I am an unabashed fan of chick-lit and this one rated high with me.

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Are you the kind of person who starts a book and have to read it to the end no matter what time of day or night it is – if you like it, that is? I certainly am. So yesterday I picked up Conditional Love
by Cathy Bramley and had to read it to the end.

All her life she has dreamed of a home of her own, so what’s holding her back? Sophie Stone, thirty-something serial procrastinator, lover of Take That, Tesco knickers and tea with two sugars, rarely steps out of her comfort zone.
So when an unexpected inheritance from a great aunt she’s never met forces her to meet her father, it threatens the very foundations of Sophie’s world.
What did the old lady want her to discover? Was there more to her parents’ break up than she was lead to believe?
Sophie will have to face some startling home truths before she can finally build a future on her own terms.

My views – Oh yes, it’s a regular plot. But I found all the characters lovable and believable too.

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I liked it so much, that ‘conditional love’ was the prompt for 100 Words on Saturday on Write Tribe! 😉

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